Writer’s Block: Food For Thought

By Corinne Wnek

Every so often, a new word makes its way into our language and suddenly everybody is using it like it has been around forever. An example of what I mean is ‘foodie’, which means a connoisseur of epicurean delights. In other words, a food lover.

I don’t think I’m a foodie and neither is my husband because out taste in food is just too predictable and gives new meaning to the word boring. In fact, once in a while, when we do get out to a restaurant, we usually patronize the same places over and over again. For Italian, we go here. For steak, we go there. It’s comfortable for us because we feel at home and it’s familiar.

But my daughter, a much more adventurous eater, just might be a foodie. Jackie will at least try something new, unlike her parents. Right now, she loves Thai cuisine, whatever that is. But she will also experiment with Mexican, French and Eastern European fare. Moreover, she is becoming a great little cook and isn’t afraid to experiment with unusual ingredients, another hallmark of a true foodie.

Now my rule of thumb about eating is pretty simple. If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t eat it. If I can’t tell what it is simply by looking at it, I also won’t eat it. And if I don’t like where it came from, there is zero chance that I will eat it.

Needless to say, there are times that I am a little uncomfortable dining out with other people when they start to question me about the meal I ordered. “But you had that the last time”, they somehow recall. “Why don’t you try something different?” They miss the point that if I ordered something a second time, it means I must have really enjoyed it the first time.

In truth, I could live on vegetables, soup, salad, pasta and pizza, not exactly dishes that make the grade for gourmet status. I’m not a big meat eater but every so often, I do like a plain steak or a burger without a lot of stuff on it. I must be a peasant at heart, because as foodies go, I am a total failure.

And that’s no baloney.

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